Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei held a silent protest outside the Old Bailey Court in London on Monday against the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Assange was charged by the American authorities with a series of crimes, including espionage.
Former Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) presented a pardon offer to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in 2017 if he “said Russia had nothing to do with” leaking emails from the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election. This is according to a new proclamation made by his defense team.
WikiLeaks just did another dump of documents on April 22. Julian Assange founded WikiLeaks and is wanted in more than one country. Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in 2012, where he officially received political asylum. He was held there until April 11, 2019, when the Ecuadorean authorities denied Assange asylum and he was arrested by the London police.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been incarcerated at the HMP Belmarsh High-Security Prison in Thamesmead, south-east London for months now, and has spent most the time in solitary confinement. He is sought by the US Justice Department for a slew of espionage-related charges.
A US federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Democratic National Committee which accused the Russian government, President Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks of working together to influence the 2016 US election. District Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan dismissed the DNC’s lawsuit with prejudice arguing their claim that top officials in Trump’s campaign conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election was presented without merit.
In a stunning development Sunday, Politico reported the Justice Department decided not to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over his role in one of the most devastating leaks in CIA history. Dubbed Vault 7, the leak exposed the CIA’s hacking capabilities to compromise cars, smart TVs, web browsers, and operating systems. The move was seen as a surprise, given the Department’s decision to aggressively pursue Assange on other, more controversial charges.
- Julian Assange, co-founder of Wikileaks, and the world’s most notorious house guest, was expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy Thursday, and arrested in London. Assange faces federal conspiracy charges in the United States, related to the largest ever leak of government secrets.